People in the News (3/09/14): Appointments and Promotions

People in the News (3/09/14): Appointments and Promotions

Former NAACP president and political activist BENJAMIN JEALOUS is joining venture capital investment firm Kapor Capital, the Washington Post reports. Jealous stated upon his departure from the NAACP in September that his intentions were to pursue university teaching and spend more time with his young family, but the Post reports he was attracted to Kapor, which backs social impact-oriented IT startups, for its potential to help people who are falling further behind even as the national economy slowly recovers. "My life's mission has been leveling the playing field and closing gaps in opportunity and success," said Jealous. "I'm excited about trying a different approach." Widely credited with improving the NAACP's finances, donor base, and outreach, Jealous added that he will never completely leave civic life."It's in my DNA," he said.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the appointment of SALEEM BADAT as program director for its international higher education and strategic projects, a new position. Badat also will join an advisory panel tasked with guiding a multiyear effort called Our Compelling Interests that will work to develop knowledge and collect and disseminate information about the value of diversity in various domains. Currently vice chancellor of Rhodes University, Badat also serves as chair of Higher Education South Africa. Earlier, he served as the first CEO of South Africa's Council on Higher Education, as director of education policy at the University of Western Cape, and as chair of the  Association of African Universities' scientific committee on higher education. He currently serves on the boards of the Centre for Higher Education Transformation, the World Social Science Forum 2015 Scientific Committee, and the Think Tank of the Third Carnegie Enquiry Into Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality, and is a trustee of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust.

ELLEN MILLER has announced her planned retirement from the Sunlight Foundation. Miller, a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics, started the foundation eight years ago with the organization's co-founder and current chair, MIKE KLEIN. Miller also is the founder of the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign and earlier served as deputy director of the Campaign for America's Future, as publisher of TomPaine.com, and as a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She currently serves as a board member or trustee of the Publish What You Fund, the Center for Responsive Politics, Heaven Hill Distilleries, the Awesome Foundation, and Transparency International, U.S.  

The Florida Blue Foundation has announced the appointment of RENEE FINLEY to its board, and the re-election of board members and fellow Florida Blue colleagues DARNELL SMITH, JASON ALTMIRE, JOYCE KRAMZER, PENNY SHAFFER, CHUCK DIVITA, BOB LUFRANO, and MARIA MOUTINHO. Finley is Florida Blue's vice president of innovation and integrated market intelligence. Smith is the organization's market president for north Florida. Altmire is senior vice president of public policy and community engagement. Kramzer is the organization's senior vice president of business operations. Shaffer is market president for south Florida. Divita is the organization's chied financial officer. Lufrano is a retired chair and CEO of the organization. And Moutinho is medical director for provider and client solutions.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation has announced the appointment of LOUIS APPIGNANI to its board. Appignani, a philanthropist and chair of LouJA Realty, Inc., earlier founded and led Computer Education, Inc. and the Barbizon International Modeling Schools and Agencies. He also founded the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, and provides support to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation Lecture Series on Science, Reason, and Secular Ethics at the University of Miami.

The YMCA of the USA has announced the elections of CHRISTINE MARCKS as board chair; a new slate of officers, including STEVEN MALCOLM (chair-elect), PAMELA DAVIES, (treasurer), and JUDAH SOMMER (secretary); and new board members, including ALAN HOSTRUP and SHANNON SEIFERT. Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement, earlier served as senior vice president and head of ING Financial Horizons and was an international economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Malcolm is retired president of energy giant Williams Companies, Inc. Davies is president of Queens University of Charlotte. Sommer is senior counsel at Crowell & Moring. Hostrup is president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. And Seifert is president and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley YMCA.

In other news, the Center for Global Development has announced the appointment of LAWRENCE SUMMERS as board chair, effective May 1. Summers, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary and president of Harvard, was a member of the organization’s original board. He will succeed founding board chair EDWARD SCOTT, JR., an entrepreneur and former senior U.S. government official who established the organization in 2001 and proposed Summers as his successor, with the unanimous support of the board. 

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